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NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

on January 26, 2020, 2:42pm

Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 41 years old.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department, a helicopter carrying nine people crashed in Calabasas. There were no survivors. The Los Angeles Times and ESPN subsequently confirmed that Bryant was among those killed. TMZ reports that one of Bryant’s daughters, 13-year-old Gianna Maria Onore, was also killed in the crash.

Considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant was a five-time NBA champion and ranks fourth on the league’s list of all-time scoring leaders. A member of the Los Angeles Lakers for the entirety of his 20-year career, he was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive team, and was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). He retired from the NBA in 2016.

Outside of basketball, in 2018 Bryant won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his film Dear Basketball.

As news of his death spread, figures across the music world, as well as former president Barack Obama and NBA legend Michael Jordan, paid tribute to Bryant:

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